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#76160 New 58 story mixed-use tower planned - but where?

Posted by JBB on 24 March 2013 - 08:03 PM

Outstanding post, Dismuke. It's great to have you posting again.

#76091 New 58 story mixed-use tower planned - but where?

Posted by JBB on 21 March 2013 - 10:04 PM

The activity of a city on the street level tells me far more about its character than I can ever learn by looking at its skyline from 5 miles away.

#76072 3 Mixed Use Buildings Proposed for Lancaster Ave.

Posted by JBB on 21 March 2013 - 03:13 PM

Is this an official slogan?


Fort Worth Forum: If The Dirt Doesn't Turn The Day After One Word Is Leaked, The Project Is Dead

#75995 New 58 story mixed-use tower planned - but where?

Posted by JBB on 19 March 2013 - 12:24 PM

Just feels like yet another reminder that this city is behind or too slow for its size, as if the rest of the world is passing us up. 

Just like our whole issue with rail.... or just public transportation in general, for that matter. 


While I won't argue with you on public transportation, I don't know how you can feel that other cities are passing up Fort Worth when it comes to development.  Give me the smart redevelopment of neighborhoods like 7th Street or the Near Southside or the long awaited completion of the Sundace public plaza over a single high rise project any day of the week.  Vertical development will happen in Fort Worth when the finances work out.  I don't really want it a day sooner and I refuse to be disappointed in the city just because Midland might build a skyscraper that won't be any more sustainable than a sprawling Wal Mart Supercenter in the suburbs.


Having witnessed the glorious rise of the Block TU Tower's 60 stories and the XTO Headquarters' 50 stories in Fort Worth, I would say to the people of Midland, "You will believe it when you see it."  


I always get a chuckle out of anyone getting bent out of shape about XTO not building on the Landmark lot.  (Not saying that you're doing that.)  As far as I remember, XTO never commented on it publicly and it never got past the rumor and speculation stage.

#75994 Why were the trees cut down on Lancaster by the WRMC and museums?

Posted by JBB on 19 March 2013 - 12:14 PM

Just to jump on the pile after the tackle, the upper parts of the trunks of Bradford pears tend to rot out as they get older, especially in our dry conditions.  My work just replaced a number of old, ugly ones with more Bradford pears.  As happy as I was to see the old ones go, replacing them with the same thing was disappointing.

#75961 Fort Worth not "hip" enough?

Posted by JBB on 18 March 2013 - 05:50 PM

That's what happens when you try to use objective statistics to quantify a subjective label.

#75023 City Place Complex

Posted by JBB on 03 February 2013 - 03:00 PM

I think you missed Austin's sarcasm.

#75001 Midtown development

Posted by JBB on 02 February 2013 - 03:09 PM

I had lunch at Torchy's today.  This was my second visit on a Saturday around 11am.  Service was quick both times even though it was already fairly busy.  I've tried the Republican (grilled sausage), the Democrat (barbacoa), the fried avacodo, and February's monthly special, the Double Wide (chicken fried steak with bacon, cheese, and tomoatoes).  All of them were really good, even if everything other than the Democrat were a little unconventional as far as tacos go.  The Double Wide, as weird as it sounds, was easily my favorite.  My only complaint was that the fried avacado was too cumbersome to pick up so I ended up eating it with a fork.  One other big plus: they serve Maine Root fountain sodas which I've never seen anywhere other than the cafe at Central Market.


I noticed the elevator shaft going up for the office building.  The second hotel (I assume Homewoods) looks awful, but maybe it's just a work in progress.  It has a masonry or stucco first floor with this really cheap looking yellow siding on the upper floors. 

#74743 New City Hall Site

Posted by JBB on 24 January 2013 - 10:42 AM

There's been talk for years of the city moving the council chambers and council offices into the old post office building.  The postal service has abandoned a good portion of the building and has offered it to the city at a reasonable price.  The problem is that converting it for this use is going to be costly and it isn't really going to do much to fix overcrowding in the city's downtown office space.  There has been talk that the public atriums in the existing city hall could be converted to office space if that building is not the "public face" of official city business.  The whole idea picked up steam about 4 or so years ago, but kind of fizzled out as the city's financial problems deepened and they became involved in other more pressing logistical projects - the relocation of the Harley service center, the new public safety headquarters and training facility at the old federal depot on Felix, opening up of the police central division offices near Sundance Square.  Now that those ducks are being lined up, maybe the city hall project will move back to the front burner. 


As for the T&P warehouse housing city hall?  No, no, no.  As other people said above, a building that size does not need to be yanked off of the tax rolls.  The potential value of a redeveloped building could mean a huge payday for local government in the long run.

#74614 Fort Worth Daily Digital

Posted by JBB on 18 January 2013 - 03:36 PM

I love Vance Godbey's.  We did the whole family Thanksgiving dinner thing one year and the food was great.  Given the wait and the fact that the crowds made going back for all you could stand nearly impossible, I would probably not try it again on a holiday.


Love the shift work on that post office pic above. 

#74344 Project Sundance

Posted by JBB on 08 January 2013 - 01:18 PM

Let me clarify: I'm okay with closing other blocks of Main to car traffic, but keeping the cross streets open is important.  I guess that wouldn't make it a pedestrian mall in the traditional sense.

#74336 Project Sundance

Posted by JBB on 08 January 2013 - 09:56 AM

This is great news.  In a perfect world, this idea could be expanded North and South to make most of Main a pedestrian mall with no vehicle traffic. 


Anyone know much about what the area is going to look like for the Arts Fest in April?  Those lots have always been a big focal point of the festival, so it will be interesting to see how they handle that this year.  I seem to remember reading something about it, but I can't remember how far back that was in this thread.

#73238 New Hotel at 9th and Commerce

Posted by JBB on 13 November 2012 - 08:33 PM

I hate to be the one that always falls back to this position, but I have to What's more likely: A sexy, shadowy conspiracy of which there is no evidence to impede development and keep the city "small" or unsexy economic forces like supply and demand that have been proven to hold true for centuries?

#72685 400 ft. swing ride for Six Flags over Texas

Posted by JBB on 10 October 2012 - 09:01 PM

I ducked out of work early today and watched the "implosion" of Texas Chute Out. I worked in rides at the park for 6 years, so as cool as it was, it was a little bittersweet. Here's my video:


#69528 TEX Rail project

Posted by JBB on 13 April 2012 - 01:25 PM

This quote from the original article in the first post in this thread made me chuckle:

"The idea that a train would come into a historical neighborhood is so far-fetched I just can't believe it,"

Really? I bet there were some railroad guys about a hundred years ago that said to each other, "The idea that someone would build a neighborhood next to that rail line is so far-fetched I just can't believe it."

And I hate to upset the lady even more, but trains were coming into her historical neighborhood long before she moved there 5 years ago.